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Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Sheilbh - Today at 12:21:16 PM
On a "punishment" election, some striking polling from the Telegraph. A quarter of the Conservative Party's 2019 voters think they deserve to lose every seat they hold:


And on age breakdown :ph34r:


On needing a strong opposition the public don't really care about how low the Tories go. Even if you say how they'd feel about them falling to 50 seats, people are broadly okay with that. When the public turns, they really turn :lol:

I think people are maybe underrating the possibility of Labour winning big. But also, maybe a socialist one party state is just the will of the people.
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Off the Record / Re: [Canada] Canadian Politics...
Last post by Valmy - Today at 11:25:09 AM
Quote from: Barrister on June 08, 2024, 09:27:59 PM
Quote from: Grey Fox on June 08, 2024, 08:22:50 PMI don't think it's willingly at all. It's the logical conclusion of Reaganomics, a thing fiscal conservatives have been working tirelessly for the past 40 years.

 :rolleyes:

I mean - if that's your thesis, go and expand on it.  But just saying 'it's all Reagan's fault' is on par with Tyr saying everything is Thatcher's fault.

Reaganomics may bear his name but he is hardly its inventor.

In any case 2016 pretty much demonstrated to me that these policies have failed, or at least need to be reshaped. The rising tide did not raise most of the boats, and now they are being seduced into dangerous populist movements thanks to how the economy has been reshaped to maximize the interests of the rich. How much economic growth have we experienced since 1980? Yet look how angry the common people are at their economic conditions compared to the 1970s. I think we need to integrate many of the policies we had back in the 1960s and 1970s to rebalance things. Or rethink new ideas entirely. The common people need a bigger share of the national wealth, what is even the point of economics if our system fails to distribute common needs like housing and health care?

I don't think pointing out this problem is the same as "blaming everything on Reagan and Thatcher." Plenty of other politicians moved this along in the 1990s and beyond.
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Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by PJL - Today at 11:04:39 AM
I'm in one of the few constituencies where Reform aren't standing. Otherwise it's pretty much your usual - Conservative, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Green, plus one independent candidate.
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Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Gups - Today at 10:58:42 AM
Quote from: Sheilbh on Today at 10:39:56 AMLooking at my constituency I've got Labour, Lib Dems, Tories, Reforms and Greens running.

Then Workers Party, Communists (CPB), the Alliance for Green Socialism and an independent. Splitters everywhere :lol:

Hmm, I've only got the first 5 plus an independent. The only information available on independent is that he is in a thrash rock band and that his favourite biscuit is the kitkat.
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Off the Record / Re: The Off Topic Topic
Last post by Sheilbh - Today at 10:51:07 AM
Quote from: Oexmelin on Today at 09:19:12 AMMy vague sense of it, at least in the sort of bureaucratized environment I am in, is that WFH is good for the sort of bullshit jobs that bureaucratized environment thrive on (endless reports, form-filling, etc.) because you can do them without too much distraction - including bullshit distraction caused by meddling managers. It does, however, make solving organic problems that arise on the spot much more time consuming, where fifteen emails may have been avoided by a two-minute conversation. It also has quite the detrimental effect on what purports to be a collegial workplace.
I find there is a huge split (and it's one of the reasons we are broadly hybrid now) where I work. But it may be similar in some ways.

It's a media company with a newsroom and I think as soon as people were allowed to work from the office there's been quite a lot of journalists either in the office (or told to get back). The editors all wanted people as soon as they safely could. But I also think that is how lots of journalists work. There is a creativity, spontaneity and flexibility in that world which is a part of the job. The morning conference is a thing (and works better in person) which shapes the day's agenda.

On the other extreme are the engineers who are absolutely essential to running a digital media company but who hate coming into the office and love WFH. There engineers I've worked with for three years who I have never seen in person. And from my understanding some rash agreements were reached during the peak of covid that they now won't change - I think someone negotiated that they'd be in the office twice a year which I just don't think is a thing :lol:

I'm in the commercial world and sort of in the middle of those extremes but I think it is quite challenging - especially because media is pretty heavily unionised - to negotiate those different perspectives (we are back three days a week formally). Especially because I think the editorial maybe want to be in the newsroom more but also think it's unfair that they actually have to while other bits of the business are just WFH; while some of the engineering side don't really see an issue if they get the job done and clear their Trello boards.

I don't want to psychoanalyse it too much but I do think with those two, there are two quite different types of personalities at play and they're both kind of dependent on each other :lol:
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Off the Record / Re: The Off Topic Topic
Last post by frunk - Today at 10:47:22 AM
Quote from: Tamas on Today at 10:28:30 AMIDK. I work in a fully WFH environment where we also have on-site engineers going to locations etc. You are right that often a 2 minutes conversation can replace a dozen-email one, that's why... we have conversations.

Yeah, if issues are being resolved through email, particularly time sensitive ones, that's a bad WFH environment.

I pretty regularly reach out to people through Teams or getting directly on a call.  Email is for setting up meetings or non-time sensitive questions/information dumps.
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Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Valmy - Today at 10:42:49 AM
The Alliance for Green Socialism? Fuck off! We're the Socialist Green Alliance!
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Quote from: The Minsky Moment on Today at 10:27:56 AM
Quote from: Duque de Bragança on Today at 06:06:32 AM
Quote from: Jacob on June 12, 2024, 09:48:54 PMGeneral question for the thread: do you have any go-to analysts or commenters who you think are insightful on this war?


https://lavoiedelepee.blogspot.com/search/label/Ukraine

Former Navy troops colonel Michel Goya, now military historian.

I have his book "La Chair et L'Acier" right next to me on my shelf. But I haven't gotten to it yet.

He has written quite a few books indeed:

QuoteMichel Goya, la chair et l'acier : L'Armée française et l'invention de la guerre moderne, 1914-1918, Paris, Éditions Tallandier, 2004, 479 p. (ISBN 978-2-84734-163-8).

Michel Goya, Irak : les armées du chaos, Paris, Economica, coll. « Stratégies & doctrines », 2009, 2e éd., 292 p. (ISBN 978-2-7178-5698-9).

Michel Goya, L'Afghanistan, Paris, Éditions Tallandier, Coll. Contemporaine, octobre 2010, (ISBN 9782847346664).

Michel Goya, Res militaris : de l'emploi des forces armées au xxie siècle, Paris, Economica, coll. « Stratégies & doctrines », 2010, 263 p. (ISBN 978-2-7178-5833-4).

Michel Goya et Marc-Antoine Brillant, Israël contre le Hezbollah : chronique d'une défaite annoncée, 12 juillet-14 août 2006, Monaco, Éditions du Rocher, coll. « Lignes de feu », 2013, 177 p. (ISBN 978-2-268-07442-9).

Olivier Entraygues et Michel Goya, Philippe Pétain : le versant stratégique, Argos, coll. « Maitres de la stratégies », 2014, 160 p. (ISBN 9782366140194).

Michel Goya, L'Invention de la guerre moderne : du pantalon rouge au char d'assaut, 1871-1918, Paris, Éditions Tallandier, coll. « Texto / le goût de l'histoire », 2014, 479 p. (ISBN 979-10-210-0460-3).

Michel Goya, Sous le feu : La mort comme hypothèse de travail, Paris, Éditions Tallandier, 2014, 266 p. (ISBN 979-10-210-0430-6).

Michel Goya, Les Vainqueurs : Comment la France a gagné la Grande Guerre, Paris, Éditions Tallandier, 2018, 348 p. (ISBN 979-10-210-2541-7)
Trophée de la mairie du 8e - Prix du Guesclin 20189.

Michel Goya, S'adapter pour vaincre : Comment les armées évoluent, Paris, Perrin, 2019, 432 p. (ISBN 978-2-262-08111-9).

(en) Michel Goya (trad. Andrew Uffindell), Flesh and Steel During the Great War: The Transformation of the French Army and the Invention of Modern Warfare, Barnsley, Pen and Sword Military, 2020, 224 p. (ISBN 978-1-4738-8696-4).

Michel Goya, Une révolution militaire africaine : lutter contre les organisations armées en Afrique subsaharienne, Amazon, 2020 (ASIN B07L7BHMCR).

Michel Goya, Les Vainqueurs : comment la France a gagné la Grande Guerre, Paris, Éditions Tallandier, coll. « Texto », 2020, 320 p. (ISBN 979-10-210-4621-4).

Michel Goya, Le Temps des guépards : la Guerre mondiale de la France de 1961 à nos jours, Paris, Éditions Tallandier, 2022, 368 p. (ISBN 979-1021038875)10,11,12,13

Michel Goya et Jean Lopez, L'ours et le renard : Histoire immédiate de la guerre en Ukraine, Paris, Perrin, 25 mai 2023 (ISBN 978-2-262-10510-5).

Michel Goya, L'embrasement : Comprendre les enjeux de la guerre Israël-Hamas, Paris, Perrin | Robert Laffont, 14 mars 2024, 240 p. (ISBN 978-2-221-27544-3, OCLC 1429557670).

From French wikipedia
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Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Sheilbh - Today at 10:39:56 AM
Looking at my constituency I've got Labour, Lib Dems, Tories, Reforms and Greens running.

Then Workers Party, Communists (CPB), the Alliance for Green Socialism and an independent. Splitters everywhere :lol:
#10
Off the Record / Re: Star Wars Megathread
Last post by The Minsky Moment - Today at 10:38:19 AM
Quote from: crazy canuck on June 05, 2024, 02:26:38 PMSyt, are the Jedi simpletons in this time period in the other Star Wars sources or is it just this show?

Always at least in the canon movies.  The whole concept of the prequel trilogy is that the Jedi are completely out of touch and without a clue.